nd a good kanji page while surfing this site 日本語 resources and here is the page i found. i found it to be a very useful in learning kanji hopefully you will too! Kanji page also check out the other stuff on that page there is some net stuff there.
I second that! TheJapanesePage's kanji and grammar sections are great! The culture section is a bit light, though. The same people also run a store (thejapanshop.com) with some good stuff. And no, I don't work for them
Those of you who have learned a good deal of Japanese (without going to japan), did you learn kanji as you learned to speak?
For learning Swedish and German I just read a lot of stuff online, news sites, stuff about hobbies I have, and talked to a lot of swedes and Germans online. I got my German to near fluency doing this.
With Japanese I obviously can't do this unless I learn the writing as I go. I've already got a good deal of hiragana down, and a few kanji.
I feel my structured grammar knowledge is right next to the "crap" indicatator on the scale
All the japanese I know is from watching anime and from looking at the very basic grammar stuff online. It is strange though how much I can understand and how familiar japanese sounds to me.
I realised this yesterday while watching shaolin soccer (which is in chinese), I was dead reliant on reading the sub-titles, and that made me realise how much I can actually understand of japanese while watching anime. (don't get me wrong, or anything, it's not like I don't need the sub-titles. It's just that I recognise a lot of what is said, and when I don't I can tell what function most words serve)
Understanding definitely is not speaking though
I really should take a class... but I'm going to have to learn Russian in school here, and my German still isn't fluent.
Hmm I'm rambling so much that I don't even know what I'm trying to ask. I really love learning languages, and japanese is especially intriguing. I find it really relaxing to write kanji also It's also really exciting reading japanese and recognising kanji that I know.
So.. I guess my point is that I'm too strained by stuff now (I'm an exchange student in Germany) to be able to really go full-force into japanese. I have this itch for it though, and I think I'd definitely like to probably go there for at least a while I'm in Uni. I'd like to speak enough japanese to benefit from what would probably only be a semester long visit to japan (If my japanese were as it is now I wouldn't benefit from being immersed in the culture because it wouldn't be long enough, I need to get at least a means to gain semi/broken fluency from which to improve upon)